Wednesday 18 September 2019

PRO14 team news: Mouthwatering derby in prospect as big guns return for both Leinster and Munster

Leinster's Johnny Sexton is ruled out
Leinster's Johnny Sexton is ruled out

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Leo Cullen and Johann van Graan have rung the changes and will field strong teams for tomorrow's inter-provincial derby between Munster and Leinster tomorrow at Thomond Park (kick-off 5.15pm).

Munster have made 12 changes from the side that was beaten by Ulster in Belfast last weekend.

Mike Haley continues at full-back with wingers Andrew Conway and Keith Earls completing the back three.

Rory Scannell and Dan Goggin form the midfield partnership with Conor Murray and Joey Carbery in the half-backs.

Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell and John Ryan start in the front row as Kleyn is joined by Tadhg Beirne in the engine room.

Fineen Wycherley keeps his place in the back row with Chris Cloete and CJ Stander, who will wear the captain's armband completing the starting XV.

A number of big-name players return for Leinster following their last-gasp win over Connacht with Johnny Sexton captaining the side from flyhalf.

Jordan Larmour comes in at full back and with James Lowe coming in on the left wing, Dave Kearney moves across to the right wing from last week.

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Rory O'Loughlin is again selected in midfield but shifts inside with Garry Ringrose coming in at 13.

There is a new pair in the half backs with Luke McGrath partnering Sexton.

It's an historic evening for Clontarf man Cian Healy as the 31-year-old loosehead prop runs out for his 200th cap for Leinster. Healy made his debut in May 2007 against the Border Reivers and has since then scored 22 tries for Leinster, has represented his country 84 times and has two British & Irish Lions caps.

Joining Healy in the front row will be fellow Ireland internationals James Tracy and Tadhg Furlong.

In the second row James Ryan is joined by Australian international Scott Fardy.

Finally, the back row comprises Rhys Ruddock, Josh van der Flier and Jack Conan.

Munster: (15-9) Mike Haley; Andrew Conway, Dan Goggin, Rory Scannell, Keith Earls; Joey Carbery, Conor Murray; (1-8) Dave Kilcoyne, Niall Scannell, John Ryan; Jean Kleyn, Tadhg Beirne; Fineen Wycherley, Chris Cloete, CJ Stander (C).

Replacements: (16-23) Kevin O’Byrne, Jeremy Loughman, Stephen Archer, Billy Holland, Arno Botha, Alby Mathewson, Tyler Bleyendaal, Darren Sweetnam.

Leinster: (15-9) J Larmour, D Kearney, G Ringrose, R O'Loughlin, J Lowe, J Sexton, L McGrath; (1-8) C Healy, J Tracy, T Furlong, S Fardy, J Ryan, R Ruddock, J van der Flier, J Conan.

Replacement: (16-23) B Byrne, P Dooley, M Bent, R Molony, M Deegan, H O'Sullivan,  C Frawley, N Reid.

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